Saturday, 28 April 2012


My pre-moving house vision of being without an internet connection at home, was akin to a trip to the desert with no water...I found out that it's more like going on a well organised camping holiday. It can be very comfortable with lots of fun things to do to keep you occupied, but it's not the same as home...with an internet connection. 

Crappy analogies aside, I've been super productive without an internet connection, albeit a bit random, I'll post up a few of my illustrations and creations, some are still percolating away but I don't mind exposing my process of the last 6 weeks of creative juice that filled my web-less time: 

Aesop fables are well renowned for telling simple truths and teaching morals in poetic metaphors. Many artists have used Aesop's symbolism, his fables use objects or animals to represent ideas other than itself, in clever and illuminating ways. 

My recent interpretation of Aesop Fables was inspired by textile patterns, pop art and breaking things down geometrically. I would love to make these out of fabric in a gaudy and fun quilt for a kids bedroom wall or throw. 

Tortoise and the Hare:

The Rooster and the Jewel:  

Other Aesop fables I enjoy and may illustrate: 

The Wolf and the Crane
The Ant and the Grasshopper
The North Wind and the Sun


Sunday, 4 March 2012

After Party Shannonigans...

Being a rambunctious child, if my mum couldn't hear me in the next room this was a sure sign mini-Shannon was up to no good...nothing much has changed really, you can take my absent blogging to mean I may have enjoyed the silly season a bit too much. 

This tea-towel design is inspired by the 'after party' treasures and clean up that ensued over the past little while.  


Sunday, 8 January 2012

Design direction...

I'm amidst a new year cleaning frenzy around the house, in the wardrobe and through the hard-drive.

It's interesting to look back and see some of the designs from 2011 that didn't make the cut for our next season of tea-towel designs over at 'Fringe Club'.

As well as the designs below there's still plenty of sketches that might make this blog one day, these are the designs I've taken the time to colour.

I would call these style plays, as opposed to finished illustrations, it's a way to work through ideas to find the right look and feel for the season. They might evolve into future designs or series.

This first one is a sort of hipster sailor style, the type 'sink or swim' is not in the banner yet.
I was trying to mesh a teeshirt style into tea-towels. I'm not sure it worked, but a pretty boy is always welcome in the kitchen.

Here's a couple of quick mock ups if we were headed in a more 'commercial' direction, they're cute and witty, but I prefer to hand illustrate all our designs as they are much more desirable and unique that way.

Having a textile print back-ground I adore repeat patterns, this is a little play with illustrated martini's in fluoro colours. This was simple quick and fun, we'll continue working with this style to see what comes out.

This lady still might evolve into a future series, I enjoy the almost scandinavian flat design that incorporates pretty pattern and our 'Tradition with a twist' signature. There are a few variation designs in this style that might turn it into a winner.